Buses, shops and streets

Below is an update from our local Councillors:


20 February 2019


It's been a busy start to the year for Liberal Democrats, as always, so apologies for a long update (as usual).


Save the RV1 Bus


We had a huge response to our petition to save this essential and green bus service. Sadly at a meeting with Liberal Democrat Councillors and the Deputy Mayor for Transport it seems that TfL are still not convinced that this bus must not be cut. We will, therefore, be rallying on Saturday at 1pm if you can join us. Details are at https://www.livingbankside.org/saverv1-bus-campaign


Circle Store


You may have seen that there is an application for 'change of use' for the Circle Store. This is a proposal to change the site use from 'retail' to 'office'. Ward councillors are concerned about this as we know how well used the Circle Store is. In fact, we are also regular customers!

We have made some enquiries and understand that the current lease is due to expire over the next year or so and the freeholder is doing this to maximise their options. We believe that this site must continue as a shop. We are formally objecting to the change of use and it would be helpful if residents could also do so by clicking here . Please make it clear that the change of use would be a breach of the council's policies to protect small businesses and small scale shops and to have active frontages. It would also detrimentally affect local amenity and local character.

We have formally requested that this planning application comes to the Planning Committee, rather than being decided by council officers. This will give residents and ward councillors the chance to object in person. And we are engaging with the freeholder to see if we can persuade them to withdraw the application and extend the lease for the current store. We will keep you informed and, in the meantime, please do make an objection on the council website and encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same.


Tower Bridge Court


There will be another planning application over the next few months to redevelop Tower Bridge Court, the large building at 224-226 Tower Bridge Road which backs onto Horseleydown Lane. We are keen to encourage the developers to engage with the community as much as possible before they make the planning application.They will be keeping the existing core and plan office, retail and community space. We have set up a working group of representatives from each of the nearest residential blocks.

We have asked them to hold a public drop in exhibition, which is being held in the reception of the building on 224-226 Tower Bridge Road on the evening of Tuesday, 5th March from 6 to 8pm (the entrance is on Tower Bridge Road). Please come along if you can as this would be a good chance to find out more about the current position and to feed in any ideas or concerns.


Shad Thames Street Project


As you may remember, we have been pushing the council to take action to improve road safety, noise and the general environment on Shad Thames streets. The first phase of works are finally due to take place later this year and will see improvements to the junction of Shad Thames and Queen Elizabeth Street and the pavement of Shad Thames (near the junction with Tooley St). There will be disruption while this happens which we will be monitoring closely and doing all we can to help. We are also following up about later phases of the project, including changing parking restrictions (to include evenings and weekends), 'de-cluttering', greening and slowing down traffic. We will keep you informed.


Liberal Democrat Councillors will continue to do all we can to stand up for residents at the council. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need our assistance.

Best wishes,


Anood, Eliza and Hamish

Councillors Anood Al-Samerai, Eliza Mann and Hamish McCallum

Liberal Democrat Cllrs for North Bermondsey


P.S. Liberal Democrat Councillors hold an advice surgery every Saturday morning between 10.30 and 11.30am at Pop in at the Blue, 53 Rock Grove Way, SE16 3UQ (opposite the Blue Anchor Library)



The Circle Store - Change of Use Planning Application


An application has been submitted to the Council for a change of use for the Circle Store from Class A1 (Shops) to Class B1 (Business).


How would the loss of this local shop, with its long association with Shad Thames, affect you?

Please submit your comments / objections to Southwark. You can do this online. The 'Standard Consultation Expiry Date' is Saturday 9 March 2019.


You can also see what other local residents think of this application under the Comments/ Public Comments tab of the Council's web site.


Full details of the application, and the link for registering (and viewing)comments/ objections is below:



Maguire Street Road Closure Extension

Thames Water has announced that they will require an extension for their works on the Shad Thames Pumping Station, which means that the hoardings on Maguire Street will remain up through May. 


They recently supplied this update on the works:


"Thames Water’s work at Shad Thames Pumping Station has been delayed over recent months due to some major engineering issues that have required alternative designs in order to progress solutions.


We are now faced with the final but most complex engineering work to replace the eight foot (8’) penstock within the Southwark and Bermondsey Storm Relief Sewer that lies beneath Maguire Street, adjacent to the pumping station.


In order to complete the work, we require a further twelve weeks beyond the end of February, until 25 May 2019 although we are hoping to finish by the end of April if possible. We are extremely sorry that the road closure and diversion will need to remain in place until then, and apologise for the inconvenience that this causes."




Full road closure at Maguire Street April 2018 until 25 May 2019 at the latest.


Working hours are 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday and out of hours on occasion, in coordination with the low tide timetable, including some Saturdays.



Maguire Street will be closed until 25 May 2019 at the latest.


Work inside Shad Thames Pumping Station will continue throughout 2019.


The traffic diversion route on Shad Thames will remain in place until May 2019 at the latest.


24 Hour Help Desk: 08000 30 80 80



Please see the latest update regarding the closure and refurbishment of St Saviour's Dock Footbridge.

St Saviours Dock Bridge - Closure Notice
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Dear All,


Please see attached the information relating to the refurbishment of St Saviours Dock footbridge. As the public liaison officer on this scheme for Conway Aecom I will be updating you from time to time on our progress.


To enable us to distribute information to the local businesses and residential communities, I wonder if you would be able to assist by sending the attached to all on your mailing list, whom you feel may find this useful. Alternatively if you are responsible for a website, which relates to the local community, I would be more than happy for you to post this information.


Kind regards


Helen Mcconnell

Public Liaison Officer



01732 600 700

07917 518 529

Conway House, Vestry Road Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5EL



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Helicopter noise

At the STRA AGM a question was asked about what can be done about helicopter noise in the area.


Anood, our local Councillor, contacted Caroline Pidgeon at the GLA, and received the following reply.  Anood will follow up in the New Year.


You will see from the links below that this is a problem that is receiving London-wide attention.
"Caroline will indeed ask some Mayoral Questions in the New Year, however in the meantime I thought this information from her website might be useful.

Caroline also asked a couple of written Mayoral Questions back in September.   I thought they might be useful.
I also enclose a written Parliamentary Question asked by Tom Brake:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-09-15/46592 "
Mark Morris
Office of Caroline Pidgeon AM
Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
Tel: 020 7983 4336
Mob: 07917214788
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